Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Vegetarian Opor Ayam (Coconut Chicken Curry)

Opor Ayam is a tasty braised chicken in coconut milk dish from Indonesia. For this vegetarian version, potatoes are added instead of using all vegetarian meat.

Preparation: 5 mins Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients (serves 2-3)
° 200g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
° 50g vegetarian meat
° 1 stalk lemon grass, peel off outer layers leaving tender whitish centre, cut out 7.5cm
° 2 kaffir lime leaves
° 1 tablespoon curry powder (meat blend)
° ½ teaspoon chilli powder (optional)
° 250ml coconut milk
° 150ml water
° 1.5 tablespoons vegetable oil
° 1 teaspoon salt
° 1 teaspoon sugar

1. Mix the curry powder and chilli powder with a tad of water to form curry paste.
2. Heat oil in a wok or frying pan, fry the curry paste until thickened and fragrant. Add 2 tablespoons coconut milk and fry for 1-2 minutes.
3. Stir in potatoes, vegetarian meat, lemon grass, lime leaves, coconut milk and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
4. Add salt and sugar and cook till the gravy is slightly thickened. Serve hot with rice.

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